Q: What is a CSA?
A: A CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) is a way for the food buying public to create a relationship with a farm and to receive a weekly portion of produce. By making a financial commitment to a farm, people become members of the CSA.
Q: What is the name of the farm who works with the DUMBO/Vinegar Hill CSA?
A: Our produce comes from Sang Lee Farms of Peconic (North Fork), NY
Q: Is the produce organic?
A: Yes, Sang Lee Farms is a NOFA-NY Certified Organic Vegetable Farm.
Q: How was the farm connected with the CSA?
A: Just Food is the non-profit umbrella organization who matches qualified local farms with CSAs in NYC.
Q: Can I visit the farm?
A: Yes, we have a formal farm visit for the CSA twice a year and Sang Lee Farms runs a weekend farm stand which you can visit on your own.
Q: When is the CSA season?
A: The summer/fall season typically runs from mid June through mid November. Our winter season runs from November to March.
Q: Do you only have vegetable shares?
A: No—in the summer of 2014, we are also offering fruit and cheese.
Q: Who provides the additional shares?
A: The fruit share comes from Briermere Farms, also on Long Island.
Q: What is the time and place of distribution?
A: Our distribution is held in DUMBO in the courtyard of Phoenix House, 50 Jay Street. Use the Plymouth Street driveway entrance. Distribution runs from 5:00-8:00 PM.
In the summer, distribution is every Wednesday evening.
Q: Do you deliver shares?
A: No, we don’t have the capability to make deliveries and our members find that seeing each other at the weekly distribution builds community.
Q: Do I have to be a member to participate in the CSA?
A: Yes, only prepaid members can participate in distribution. There are no on-site sales of the produce during the season.
Q: When do I sign up?
A: 2014 summer/fall membership will open soon. Visit our “Joining” page to learn more and sign up. New membership is open on a first come/first served basis.
Q: What is the cost of a share for 2014?
A: Pricing information is available on our “Joining” page.
Q: Can I become a member for part of the season?
A: No, we only take members for full seasons. However, you are welcome to find someone to split your share with you.
Q: How do I make a payment?
A: Please visit our “Joining” page for information on making a payment.
Q: Do I have to donate any time to be a member in the CSA?
A: Yes, every share needs to volunteer to help out distributions during season (2 shifts in the summer, and 1 in the winter).
Q: If I work late or have children, do I still have to work at distribution?
A: Yes, we have a late shift from 6-8:30 PM for people who can’t leave work early. If your schedule is not flexible at all, we can arrange for other volunteer opportunities. You can bring your children to distribution with you.
Q: What happens if I’m on vacation or can’t get to distribution one week?
A: You can ask a friend/neighbor to pick up your share or give it away. If no one comes to pick up your share, it is donated to Phoenix House and used in their residential cafeteria.
Q: Are there any events or activities associated with the CSA?
A: Members volunteer to plan get togethers, food demos, and farm visits. We always welcome new ideas and volunteers for other activities.
Q: What if there is a drought or flooding and the farm can’t produce the quantity or quality of vegetables it normally does?
A: By becoming a member of the CSA you assume the risk of organic farming. Our farmers are highly experienced and will do everything they can to make sure we have the best possible produce no matter the circumstances.